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Banner image of the Keeping Tabs Sculpture during the fall

Gary and Nancy Tuckfelt Keeping Tabs: A Holocaust Sculpture

Be strong, be strong, and may we be strengthened

חזק חזק ונתחזק 

On the campus of Community Day School, Gary and Nancy Tuckfelt Keeping Tabs: A Holocaust Sculpture commemorates the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Keeping Tabs is a public art installation in the maze-like shape of the Star of David, constructed of glass blocks filled with six million aluminum "tabs" collected and counted by CDS Middle School students over nearly a decade. Each tab represents a single human life lost at the hands of the Nazis.

The Sculpture is an internationally renowned landmark designed by artist-in-residence Elena Hiatt Houlihan together with CDS Middle School students and Pittsburgh architect Alan M. Dunn; their creative vision was brought to life through the extraordinary generosity of naming donors Gary and Nancy Tuckfelt and other benefactors. 

Keeping Tabs became a reality thanks to these community members who believe we have an obligation to bear testimony to those who perished and that education is the best way to combat the ignorance and fear that feed hate.

The Sculpture reminds us to “keep tabs on our humanity." As we teach our students at CDS, whenever there is inhumanity in the world, that is the time to be an upstander—someone who acts to confront prejudice and injustice and does their part to make the world a better place. 

Keeping Tabs is ...

A place of contemplation, of revelation, of meditation.

A place for Holocaust education, where students create learning materials, research stories of individual lives lost, and own this piece of the world and Jewish history.

A place to bring each new generation that grows farther from history closer to its lessons.

A place where visitors can see what one teacher inspired his students to accomplish, and what one community accomplished by working together.

Hear the Keeping Tabs Story

More voices from Keeping Tabs are archived in this YouTube playlist about the history and impact of the Sculpture.

Student exploring the Keeping Tabs Sculpture

Visit the Sculpture

The Sculpture is open daily for self-guided tours, and it is illuminated at night. CDS has partnered with the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh to offer guided tours of Keeping Tabs and to provide an educational program about the Holocaust to middle school and high school students. 

Schedule a visit

Visitor reads sign at Keeping Tabs Sculpture

Support Keeping Tabs

Your tax-exempt gift to Keeping Tabs helps fund Holocaust education, public programming, and general upkeep of this vital work. You can also sponsor a paver in the Sculpture pathway or a glass block to commemorate lifecycle events and to honor or memorialize loved ones. 


Candle-lighting at Keeping Tabs Yom Hashoah commemoration

News and Events

Keep up with the latest news about the Keeping Tabs Sculpture and upcoming events by following us on Facebook and YouTube. Annual events include an evening Twilight Tour in late-August and Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) Commemoration.


Tree of Life Sculpture

Photo of metal Tree of Life Sculpture at Keeping Tabs

Read more about this artistic tribute to the victims of the Pittsburgh October 27, 2018 synagogue attack, which was created by CDS alum Eli Diamant and installed in the Keeping Tabs Sculpture gardens.